LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – A proposal create an animal licensing fee and tax residents for owning cats and dogs is causing a lot of controversy in Lebanon.
The idea to charge an annual fee was raised at a recent budget work session.
Under the new proposal, each dog and cat would cost pet owners $25 a year. If you can prove your dogs are spayed or neutered, the cost drops to $10 per dog.
Another controversial element of is if someone has four or more dogs, they would have to pay $100 for a kennel or breeding license.
City officials told News 2 the new tax would benefit Lebanon’s Animal Control. Multiple messages were left for the director, none of which were returned Tuesday.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Vince Wombles, who owns four dogs. “I mean, a tax for an animal. Come on. I say the politicians need to let go a little bit of the money, and keep trying to take it from us.
Addison Delanoval was shopping at PetCo and favored the proposed licensing fee.
“I think it would be a good thing,” Delanoval told News 2. “I think it would do a lot of good.
With two dogs and two cats, and plans to breed his two purebred dogs, Scott Sorce disagrees.
“I am not in favor of it right now. I understand what they are trying to accomplish, but it needs to be planned better,” Sorce said.
The proposal, which includes other elements such as tethering dogs, proper dog house construction with proper lightning, is subject to change at upcoming sessions.